It’s been a long time since Banbury United were still in the Emirates FA Cup at this stage of the season.
And to extend their stay in the world’s most famous domestic cup competition the Puritans will have to overcome Wealdstone in Saturday’s third qualifying round tie.
It’s a tough game for us but I think it’s a tougher for one for WealdstonePuritans boss Mike Ford
The Puritans head to the Vanarama National League South high-fliers on the back of a six-match unbeaten run and boss Mike Ford issued a warning to Wealdstone.
He said: “We’ll go to Wealdstone in buoyant mood and ready to take them on. If Wealdstone win on Saturday they are going to have to play really well and deal with the pressure.
“It’s a tough game for us but I think it’s a tougher one for Wealdstone. They will be in for a tough afternoon because my team is very resilient.
“I’ve got a couple of magicians in my team, Wealdstone concede a few goals and, with our travelling support, I think we can give them a real game.
“In my time as a player at Oxford United in the Championship we were always the underdog in every game so I’ve been used to being in that position as a player and a manager. As a manager this season, I enjoyed going to Kettering and Chippenham and not being expected to get anything.
“We’ve got 17 points and are into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup which is a good start to the season. We should all be relatively pleased with ourselves and I can’t wait for Saturday.”